Assistant Professor in Governance and Public Policy

Assistant Professor in Governance and Public Policy

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21 Dec 24 Jan Rotterdam

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Governance and Development Policy (GDP)
The candidate’s main teaching base will be in the MA Major in Governance and Development Policy. GDP provides students with insights and skills relevant to understanding and affecting governance processes at local, national and global levels. It combines a thorough theoretical analysis with a practical, policy-oriented approach, with attention for concrete governance and policy dimensions such as the role of various actors in democracy and in public-private-community partnerships, the need for capacity and adequate planning systems, and the detrimental effects of corruption. GDP has two specialisations: Public Policy and Management (PPM) and Local Development Strategies (LDS).

In addition, the candidate will be expected to contribute flexibly to other teaching activities of the ISS, including teaching management in our overall MA program, as well as to MA and PhD research supervision.

Research Programme Global Development and Social Justice
All ISS staff members participate actively in the Research Programme Global Development and Social Justice. As part of its research strategy, the Institute has currently pursued four particular multidisciplinary, cross-cutting themes: environment and climate change; conflict and peace; social protection and inequality; and migration and diversity.

The candidate is expected to play an active role within the ISS Research Programme, preferably with a focus on the cross-cutting theme of environment and climate change. Candidates with expertise in one of the other cross-cutting themes may also apply.

Candidates whose research focuses on the Global South, the poor and vulnerable will be preferred. The candidate should also be familiar with governance as a multi-stakeholder process where state, market and civil society all have roles to play. In addition, this vacancy requires insight into policy dynamics centring on processes at global, national or local governance levels. These are at play from agenda setting to implementation, and often in relatively adverse conditions in the Global South. Valorisation, contributions to public debate and capacity building projects are also important to the ISS. 


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:
• A PhD in a relevant field of social sciences (for example policy studies, development studies, sociology, political science) and familiarity/experience with development studies and practices;
• A documented research interest in governance and public policy;
• An active publication strategy and solid publications record (in line with career stage);
• Demonstrated capacity and skills in teaching MA students, including thesis supervisions and teaching management; and in externally financed advisory and capacity development programs;
• Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching, research and service in multicultural environments.

Additional advantages
• Ability to teach in courses on research methodology, e. g. mixed methods of social science research;
• Practical experience with/exposure to working in the field of policy making; candidates familiar with developing countries are especially invited to apply;
• Given the current composition of the ISS academic staff and priorities relating to staff diversity, the institute has a preference for applicants originating from the Global South and encourages applications from minority candidates.


Conditions of employment

The selected candidate will be offered a contract at the level of Assistant Professor, with the possibility of tenure subject to fulfilment of conditions that would be specified dependent on previous career. The successful candidate is invited to start as soon as possible.

In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s experience and ranges from € 3.427,- to € 5.330,- gross per month under full-time contract. In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits.


The expertise of Erasmus University Rotterdam is concentrated on the disciplines Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, History and Arts, Business Administration, Philosophy and Development Studies. In addition to the initial degree programmes and scientific research, the University offers specific postgraduate study programmes and courses. Erasmus University has around 25,000 students and approximately 2,800 staff members.


The ISS invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Governance and Public Policy. The position will be part of the all-ISS Research Programme Global Development and Social Justice, and of the teaching team that is responsible for the Major Governance and Development Policy in the ISS MA in Development Studies.

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

ISS was established in 1952 as a post-graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science and development oriented research and is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). ISS offers a PhD in Development Studies, a 15,5 months MA in Development Studies, a joint MA in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP), a MPA in Governance delivered in Suriname, and several post-graduate Diploma courses.


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 1712212


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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